Wasps Welcome Back Their Big Guns For Champions Cup Opener With Leinster
Head coach Dai Young has named his Wasps team for tomorrow’s Champions Cup opener with Leinster at the RDS Arena in Dublin.
Brad Shields, Lima Sopoaga and Willie Le Roux are all restored to their starting line-up, with Young naming one of his strongest teams of the season so far, despite still being without a number of players.
Shields recovers from a cheekbone injury to start in the back row alongside Nizaam Carr and Thomas Young – the latter of whom makes his first start of the 2018/19 campaign after returning from injury last weekend. Nathan Hughes misses out through suspension.
Sopoaga is fit to play after a neck spasm while Le Roux returns from Rugby Championship duty despite going off with an HIA assessment last weekend – but has passed the return-to-play protocol to be fit for Friday night’s clash.
Joe Simpson is recalled to start in place of Dan Robson, who is out for approximately three months with an ankle injury, while Michael Le Bourgeois is added to the centres to partner Juan de Jongh.
Skipper Elliot Daly moves to the wing in place of Christian Wade (illness) and joins Josh Bassett and Le Roux in the back three.
Georgian prop Zurabi Zhvania is handed a starting spot in the front row next to Tommy Taylor and Kieran Brookes while Will Rowlands and James Gaskell get the nod in the second row.